Jan. 14, 2013 – POINT VENTURE – Texas A&M Forest Service representatives are pleased to join homeowners in Point Venture Townhouses this week to celebrate their Firewise Communities designation.
The city earned the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise status by obtaining a wildfire risk assessment, creating an action plan for how they will reduce their risk, conducting a community education event, and completing a community project that decreases the threat of wildfire.
Fifty-seven communities across the state have received the Firewise designation, proving they are committed to taking proactive actions toward preventing wildfires in their area.
“Taking ownership of your risks and developing community-based solutions is what Firewise is all about,” said Justice Jones, Wildland Urban Interface coordinator for Texas A&M Forest Service.
A ceremony is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Point Venture Office Complex, 555 Venture Blvd., Point Venture. The award will be presented to Point Venture Mayor Cristin Cecala.
“The next devastating wildfire could be just around the corner,” said Patrick Allen, Firewise Communities liaison with Texas A&M Forest Service. “It’s important for communities to prepare for wildfire by doing simple things like clearing dead vegetation from the area surrounding a home. We’re excited to see the residents of Point Venture Townhouses taking these proactive steps to protect their community from wildfire.”
Point Venture is located in western Travis County.
For more information about Firewise Communities, visit texasfirewise.org or contact your local wildland urban interface specialist.